Have you recently read a book where an orphan becomes the chosen one and saves the world? How about one where two characters fall in love with the same person and that person has to choose who to be with? Yes? Well, welcome to tropes. A trope, as defined in the literature, is a 'convention or device that establishes a predictable or stereotypical representation of a character, setting, or scenario in a creative work.'

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Fantasy writing can be daunting, there is a lot to create and much to consider when designing a world that is truly immersive. Like the real world, one of the…

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Looking back over this past year is quite a daunting experience. Life has changed so drastically for so many people. From the way we work to the way we interact…

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This week I have decided to delve into the complex world of writer types and plotting. So What kind of writer are you? Like many things, there are two extremes…

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Beta readers. Those wonderful people that we love and dislike immensely in equal measure. Let’s face it, there comes a point where you have seen your work so much that you…

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Writing a novel can be daunting, especially for someone attempting their first draft of their very first narrative. Many first- time writers have a misconception that the longer the book the…

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Hi everyone. Previously we have spoken about the development of characters, but we have not yet spoken about the character roles and archetypes that you may find. I will begin…

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